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cruz police department about five minutes ago. this is the guy they held down waited for the police to arrest him. they have him now. they are still looking for the other guy. as for this guy with the mugshot, police say he has a criminal record. he was arrested last year for a burglary. live here in santa cruz, da lin, kpix 5. new at 5:00 a wanted man is in custody after a police chase through hayward. solomon espinoza of union city caused two crashes before police caught him. no word on whether anyone was hurt or how the chase started. espinoza is accused of trying to grab an officer's gun during a traffic stop in san leandro last week. he then ran off in handcuffs. we are getting a better look at the trio of men who may be linked to the triple murder in sonoma county. the sheriff today released surveillance photos of men who may be accomplices in the forestville murders. the men were driving a beige
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ford ranger that may be involved in the drug deal gone bad on february 2. the main suspect mark cappello was arrested in mobile, alabama on valentine's day. he will eventually be extradited to sonoma county to face charges. more than a dozen bay area police agencies are hanging out the help wanted sign for the first time in years. the "contra costa times" reports retirements, layoffs and other departures have cut the ranks by nearly 13% over the past five years. the 13 departments are looking to hire nearly 500 new officers this year to fill those gaps. pg&e has capped a broken gas line that cleared out a city block in san francisco's mission district. the utility says a contractor broke the pipe at 24th and bryant while working on a sewer project. it cracked at a t junction so repair crews had to pinch it off at three places before they could fix it. that took about two hours. a broken water main is
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being repaired in north beach. the 85-year-old cast iron pipe burst near filbert and mason overnight. crews are now replacing a 20- foot section of the pipe. and two people are homeless after a fire tore through their apartment near danville overnight. it gutted part of the caretaker's building on an estate in the diablo country club. the couple who lived in the destroyed unit got out safely. no word on how that fire started. a california lawmaker has a message for the boy scouts: lift the ban on gay members or lose a huge tax break. kpix 5's phil matier on the punish for the policy change and the pushback, as well. phil. >> reporter: that's right. it appears that the boy scouts are now taking center stage in sacramento with the state putting pressure on them. here's the story. reporter: california state snorri accardo lara is turning the heat up on the boy scouts moving to strip them of their tax-exempt status unless they allow in gays. >> i thought it was important to set the tone in california that we are not going to
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condone discrimination. >> reporter: since federal law bars the state from denying scouts the use of schools or state parks, lara and 13 of his fellow democrats decided to hit the scouts in their wallets. >> nonprofit status is a privilege that's given by the financial support of all californians so if an organization is discriminating, therefore they shouldn't be privileged. >> reporter: officials at the mount diablo scouting district declined to comment on the move saying they haven't had time to study the tax plan. but republicans were quick to enter the fray. >> i think it's an issue of political posturing. >> we have been waiting for the boy scouts to end the discrimination practice for a while now. they have had recently had a meeting in which they decided to kick the can and allow individual troops to determine if they were going to continue discriminating or not. >> reporter: how much of this is to try to put pressure on the boy scouts to change? >> the idea here is to obviously put pressure on the boy scouts. and if this is one way to create leverage, then, you know, so be it. >> a lot of things out here
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we're looking at might be unintended consequences. for instance, what happens to the funding to many popular after-school programs like the boxing academies and senator la ra's own district in los angeles run by the catholic church? >> are you setting a precedent here that could later apply to places like the catholic church or the mormon church or other groups? >> i can't predict what other members are going to do. this bill is just focused on the boy scouts. >> that focus will continue because whatever the outcome and this does take a two-thirds vote of the assembly and the senate and the governor's signature, is going to be a very public series of debates on the issue and maybe possibly that's the senator's point just, as well. in the newsroom, phil matier, kpix 5. new at 5:00 a surveillance camera captured the moment a popular kansas city restaurant exploded into a fireball. you can see the blast in the upper right part of your screen there. the downtown restaurant blew up when a construction crew apparently struck a natural gas
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line. at least one person was killed and 15 people were hurt. more victims could be found in these charred remains of what was j.j.'s restaurant. search crews have pulled one body from the rubble and are looking for another woman who worked there. the second day of a bail hearing for olympic runner oscar pistorius quickly took on the likeness of a trial. the blade runner's defense team attacked the testimony of the chief detective in the murder case. police say pistorius shot his girlfriend model reeva steenkamp while she cowered in a bathroom. the runner's lawyers cross- examined the detective, who admitted the witness who claimed to have heard the couple arguing before the shooting possibly lived out of earshot. he said he could not rule out the version that the intruder was in the home and the killing an accident. wiping aware tears, jesse jackson, jr. pleaded guilty to fraud in a washington courtroom
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this morning. the former illinois congressman admits that he used more than $750,000 of campaign money for his personal use. >> he had to come to terms for conduct that people who care about him find very hard to understand. >> jackson's wife also pleaded guilty to fraud in a separate hearing. the couple faces several years in prison for spending campaign cash on luxury items including a $43,000 rolex watch. jackson will be sentenced in june. their nightmare voyage could be a ticket to an amazing deal for you. the deep discounts we found and the best chances for you to get nearly 80% off a cruise line vacation. >> a health warning at a north bay high school. the student hospitalized with a potentially deadly contagious infection. [ no microphone ] [ inaudible ]
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>> wait until you see where this snow was. i'll show you to you coming up. >> and no more heartburn. the revolutionary device that's making acid reflux go away.
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the entire cruise industry is trying to move past the horror stories from the carnival triumph's cursed voyage. kpix 5 consumerwatch reporter julie watts with how you can cash in on last week's disaster. reporter: it's images like these that have travelers rethinking vacations on the high seas. >> i wouldn't take another cruise. >> i'm not particularly inclined to suffer through that. >> reporter: the travel agent says the carnival cruise ship disaster came during what's known in the travel industry as wave season, the time of year people traditional plano -- plan ocean voyages. he says this year some cruise
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lines are trying to help travelers forget the triumph by offering better deals. >> we are kind of seeing i think on carnival especially they are very sensitive about the accident. >> reporter: for example, we found carnival discounts ranging from 53% off a three night cruise to mexico to 78% off a four night caribbean cruise. that's less than 50 bucks a day. and they are throwing in upgrades that could land you in a state room. slightly more upscale celebrity cruises is offering discounts up to 56% off. bob says most higher end companies aren't discounting but offering more amenities. >> ship board credit, special promotional airfares from economy to first class depending on the destination. certain kinds of shore excursions. >> reporter: not to mention free tipping and parties with free drinks, parts that bob thinks will stick around until the triumph fades from the
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headlines. >> it might last a few months. >> reporter: now, trying to get those upgrades and freebies is easier with a travel agent. if you book online most of those search engines won't offer those amenities and a lot of those lower end cruise lines do charge for extra so you want to figure that into those very low rates. >> not necessarily shopping by price. >> right. >> is the best way. >> right. >> know what you're getting. >> reporter: exactly. that applies acrossed board. >> thank you. a bay area teenager hospitalized with a highly contagious illness. the health warning going out to his classmates. >> and it could be the cure for heartburn. dr. kim has the attractive alternative to popping pills in tonight's healthwatch.
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♪ [ continues ] [ gasping ] a highly contagious blood infection has a 17-year-old boy hospitalized in the north bay. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec with the health warning sent out to students at petaluma high. reporter: >> it's very scary for all of us for parents for students, that really appears this is an isolated case. >> reporter: a case of a highly contagious blood infection caused by pay bacteria that can also cause meningitis. a student at petaluma high school, 17-year-old christopher pozzi-swain, started feeling sick on saturday and collapsed from exhaustion.
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he has been in the hospital ever since. >> i cried for quite a long time because he's one of my very, very close friends. it was just really craze is for him because he is one of the last people that i would expect tow end up like this. >> reporter: soon after they found out school officials sent out a robo call to all parents explaining the situation telling them where to find more information and what to do if they suspected their child had been exposed. it's called meningococcal disease a blood infection spread through saliva or coughs or sneezes. >> we have been making sure every person who had close contact with the young man is receiving the appropriate antibiotic prophylaxis. it's not necessary for all classmates however. >> reporter: the health department has also been contacted students at casa grande high school also in petaluma because pozzi-swain had several close friends there. but with the preventative antibiotics, there have been no other confirmed cases. as for pozzi-swain -- >> the great news on him is that he is alert and awake this
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morning and doing much, much better and looking to have pulled out. still, you know, worried about him but doing much, much better. >> in petaluma, anne makovec, kpix 5. for the first time ever, a nuclear weapons research lab in a local company have teamed up to help save money on solar power. sandia national labs opened to cool earth solar in order to collaborate on the world's first inflatebl solar tubes. >> it's about economic security. it's about energy security. we had to involve a laboratory to meet the needs. >> what are solar tubes? they are just like solar panel, collect sunlight and turn it into energy. the advantage of the tubes is they are cheaper since they don't contain steel or glass.
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ken bastida live with mobile5 at the golden gate bridge toll plaza where pretty soon all the tolls are going to be collected electronically. ken? >> yeah, that's the story allen. it's going to happen at the end of march if the schedule stays where it's at right now. about 20 million people actually drive across the golden gate bridge every year. believe it or not, 70% are on fastrak already. 30% paying cash they are targeting now. they want everybody to pay electronically and the bridge district spokeswoman says there are a variety of options. >> people have a decision to make. fastrak is a great choice to save money on the golden gate bridge tolls. prepaid balance, save money on tolls get your fastrak tax. it's seamless. if you don't want to do that, we recommend a license plate account. open it up online, over the phone, tie it to a credit card. youedge pay when you cross the
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golden gate bridge. you only pay when you cross the bridge. no prepaid balance, you pay the $6 toll. >> reporter: what of it you're a tourist? bridge officials say they will actually photograph your license plate as you go through and they will send the registered owner a bill for the toll. yeah. so you think about all the tourists that come to the golden gate bridge. believe it or not of the people that cross it only 3% aactually driving as tourists so that's not really a big problem and they say they are going to set up a system of kiosks, electronic machines around the city, around the bay area. where you will be able to actually enter your rental car information and driver's license, what not, get a little tag that will go into the system and be able to cross the bridge no problem at all. reporting live from the golden gate, i'm ken bastida, kpix 5. wild turkeys are running amok in an east bay city, and though it sounds funny it's really a problem. the turkeys arrived in albany
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around thanksgiving. some have taken over backyards. they gobble and screech and, of course, leave behind a mess. it's so bad in fact that parents say they are not letting their children go out and play. vector control beliefs some neighbors are feeding the turkeys, which is encouraging them to hang around. among the suggestions from albany city officials, don't feed the turkeys. remove bird feeders and consider installing motion detecting sprinklers to help shoo them away. after the rain cleared out many parts of the bay area woke up to these beautiful views. take a look the that. gorgeous. chopper 5 captured our snow- covered peaks on what was a crystal clear morning. it was the only reminder of the cold and wet weather in the bay area. yesterday. >> so clear, you could see the farallon islands, a news view looking to the ocean. >> visibility amazing, crystal clear skies. we all wore blue as a result.
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our set is blue. there's a trend here. we are going to keep the sunshine around for a while. wait until you see how close we get. a near miss is still a miss. clouds missed us. like mother nature sprayed some windex on us. skies clear over the beautiful bay bridge with oakland as a backdrop and also clear looking at mount diablo where the snow meld since this morning when chopper 5 was up. generally temperatures stayed today in the mid- to upper 50s. it was chilly with a north wind. 53 san francisco. oakland 59? >> we had snow above 2500 feet today. look at what happened in tucson, arizona, this afternoon. there's a golf tournament that was canceled today because they had near white-out conditions in the sonoran desert in arizona. dennis will have a report from arizona. that's not baseball weather. it's cold and snowing in the
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deserts of arizona. for us things are clear. the active weather yesterday has moved away. lows tonight chilly but not as cold as yesterday. concord 37 tomorrow morning, fairfield 34, napa 34 and upper 30s for san rafael and fremont. about the mid-40s tonight for san francisco. that upper level area of low pressure moved from the bay area and now over top of southern arizona and look at that white you see there right. it's still snowing in portions of southern arizona. moving away from us becoming less of an influence but that counterclockwise wind wrapping around low pressure is enhancing that north flow of air. that's going to keep us chilly. nights in the 30s and afternoons around 60. then high pressure sets up shop just off to our west. there is a lot of moisture in the pacific ocean and it's all going to be aimed just to our north. a lot of rainfall slamming into the west coast but none for us. we likely will stay dry for a week again cold mornings, seasonable afternoons, those storms will just miss perhaps a few showers in the north bay over the weekend. but that's it. i think we stay dry.
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highs tomorrow upper 50s to near 60. oakland i think will hit 60. 59 for santa clara. morgan hill 58. upper 50s for gilroy and fremont. walnut creek tomorrow 59. pleasanton tomorrow 58 and mainly sunny skies for berkeley at the cal campus, 58 degrees. downtown san francisco 56. we'll be right around 60 degrees for the next several days with varying amounts of cloud cover but the one theme here is we got that day of rain, now we have a week without rainfall. so we get one day with, and a lot of days without. that's been the trend all winter. >> seen that before. >> we have. >> we could use a few more days of rain. we'll be right back.
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march. that's when hundreds of thousands of workers will see their paychecks cut if the president and congress can't make a deal. we'll explain on the "cbs evening news" at 5:30 right after kpix 5 news. >> see you then. millions of acid reflux sufferers have a new attractive alternative to popular medication. dr. kim on how a magnetic bracelet could be the solution to heartburn. >> reporter: the symptoms include a feeling that food is stuck in your chest, a burning sensation, even worse. the disease occurs when the valve doesn't close properly and food and acid leak back up. >> reflux is so common, 15, 20% of the population. >> reporter: lifestyle changes and medication work for some. >> i was taking maximum strength of all the different drugs and it didn't work. >> reporter: a new study takes
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at an attractive alternative a small band of magnetic beads. the band is surgically implanted and placed around the valve to prevent reflux. kelly had the surgery and says it works. >> i do not take any medicine whatsoever. i can eat anything. i mean anything. >> reporter: but not everyone is attracted to the magnetic solution. >> it's untested for the most part except for the study that just recently come out. >> reporter: dr. stan rogers is chief of minimally invasive surgery at ucsf. he says the device is a foreign object and where it's placed could potentially cause serious complications. >> infections, perforation, abdominal pepsis and ultimately would have to be removed. >> reporter: dr. rogers wants to see more long-term data as well as his patient ron. he looked at the bracelet but opted for traditional procedure to strengthen his valve. >> i don't want to deal with this in 10 years and have it be a more complex problem. it's better to do it sooner
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rather than later. >> reporter: doctors are doing more surgical procedures than younger people so they don't suffer decades of reflux. it damages the lining of the esophagus and could lead to cancer. >> all right. thank you. >> stay with us. we'll be right back.
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such a hard time finding workers. >> and when the bay area just might host the olympics. those stories and much more tonight at 6:00. >> sounds exciting. thanks for watching us at 5:00. "cbs evening news with scott pelley" is next. >> and remember the latest news and weather are always on captions by: caption colorado >> pelley: tonight, a political star falls to earth. jesse jackson, jr., pleadsks guilty to corruption. dean reynolds on how the congressman looted the funds of his donors. beware the first of march. that's when hundreds of thousands of workers will seesands their paychecks cut if thecu president and congress can't make a deal. o >> this is one of the least -- or the most distasteful tasks i have faced in my four years in this job. >> pelley: reports from david martin and chip reid. a bail hearing for olympicearing runner oscar pistorius turns into a preview of his murder trial. defen
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emma hurd on how the defense tried to tear apart the prosecution's case. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. under the law, donations to a political campaign must be spent on the campaign. but today, jesse jackson, jr., pleaded guilty to spending $750,000 of his donors' money on a lavish lifestyle. federal prosecutors say the looting began seven years ago, nearly half the time jackson has represented his chicago district in congress. jackson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make false statements in his campaign finance reports, mail fraud and wire fraud. jackson's wife pleaded guilty to filing false income tax reports. the former congressman is the son of jesse jackson. he was born in 1965 on the very


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